Six great books for Father’s Day – or any time

Gift shopping might be the last thing you want to be thinking about right now, but a really good book is always a winner. Here are six books we think that special person in your life might just love to read.

Utopia Avenue, by David Mitchell
Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of.

This is the story of the band’s brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the ‘Summer of Love’ was receding into something much darker – a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom’s wobbly ladder and fame’s Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close.

When She Was Good, by Michael Robotham
She has secrets … Six years ago, Evie Cormac was found hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. But nobody has ever discovered her real name or where she came from, because everybody who tries ends up dead.

He needs answers … Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven believes the truth will set Evie free. Ignoring her warnings, he begins to dig into her past, only to disturb a hornet’s nest of corrupt and powerful people, who have been waiting to find Evie – the final witness they have been searching for. Unbeknown to him, Cyrus is leading them straight to Evie. The truth will not set her free. It will get them killed.

7 Ways, by Jamie Oliver

Seven ways to reinvent your favourite ingredients with more than 120 new, exciting and tasty recipes.

Jamie Oliver has looked at the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without thinking – chicken breasts, salmon fillets, mince, eggs, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, to name but a few. We’re all busy, but that shouldn’t stop us from having a tasty, nutritious meal after a long day at work or looking after the kids. So, rather than trying to change what we buy, Jamie wants to give everyone new inspiration for their favourite supermarket ingredients.

The Golden Maze, by Richard Fidler
In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this galvanising, historic human moment, he travelled to Prague, where a decrepit police state was being overthrown by crowds of ecstatic citizens. His experience of the Velvet Revolution never let go of him.

Thirty years later, Richard returns to Prague to uncover the glorious and grotesque history of Europe’s most Instagrammed and uncanny city: a jumble of Gothic towers, baroque palaces and zig-zag lanes that has survived plagues, pogroms, Nazi terror and Soviet tanks.

Due North, by James Viles
This is award-winning chef James Viles’ photographic journal of his road trip due north, from Tasmania to the Gulf of Carpentaria. His focus is real food, where it comes from, how it’s grown, tended and harvested, and how it sometimes flourishes in the most hostile and breathtakingly beautiful parts of Australia.

James describes the people he meets along the road and the conversations he has with foragers, food producers, fishermen, tribal elders, local farmers, all of whom are knowledgeable and passionate about Australia and Australian ingredients. James also discovers that sleeping in a swag under the stars reminds him about what matters and reconnects him to his creative self. With exquisite imagery from Adam Gibson, this is an extraordinary portrait of a country.

My Dad is Awesome, by Bluey and Bingo
Everyone loves Bandit, especially Bluey and Bingo! Find out what makes this true blue dad so special in this hilarious and heart-warming book. A gorgeous hardback book that will make the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Is a book a sure-fire gift for your father/grandfather/husband?

This edited article is reproduced courtesy of Booktopia.

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